Growing Communities

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Argyll and Bute Third Sector Interface aims to be the centre of excellence for support and services to the sector across all the communities of Argyll and Bute.

Creating ability, not reliance
Our aim in providing support is to make a sustainable difference to your organisation. We hope that, while working with us, your organisation and its people will develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to take on similar tasks in the future.

The word we use to describe how we work is “enabling” – we won’t usually do things for you, or indeed to you. Instead we will take time to explain what you need to do. Sometime that takes longer, but we believe that it is time well spent.

Charging for services
We receive funding from both the Scottish Government and Argyll and Bute Council that helps cover our costs – this is our core funding. Unfortunately it does not cover the cost of everything that we might aspire to do. With the exception of a small charge that we make for delegates attending training and events, we currently do not charge for services.

Whilst we will not charge you for our support, we may however ask you to contribute to our work by committing your organisation and people to participation in our training programme and events – or perhaps by choosing to contribute by volunteering (the DNA of the third sector) or using your skills and knowledge to help another group or organisation. We will discuss this when we meet with you.

Equality of access
We aim to ensure that every group and individual that we work with gets the same high quality of service from us.  When we work with an individual, group or organisation, we aim to ensure that they receive the support that they need, to the standard and quality that they need it, at the time they need it – no matter where they are located in Argyll and Bute.  We do, however, have to prioritise our work based upon need and, of course, our capacity at any point in time.

Evaluation checks
Before we work with you, we will usually ask you to complete an evaluation questionnaire or “health check” on your capacity. Completing the health check helps us see what other things you might need help with. We will also ask you to complete an evaluation questionnaire – to tell us how we have done and what we can do to improve.